Deciding where to search
Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very current, there may not be many books or scholarly articles published yet. Scholarly works can have a long publication process.
Who has written on or discussed your topic?
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Use the library's Subject Guides to get recommendations on where to begin.
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